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Our eco-friendly business centres

Eco-friendly business accommodation including solar panels
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Eco-friendly business accommodation including solar panels
Siobhan Stirling - Sharp Minds Communications for Capital Space by Siobhan Stirling - Sharp Minds Communications for Capital Space
Owner/Director - Sharp Minds Communications Ltd

When you’re looking for business accommodation, there are many things to consider. If you’re concerned about your company’s impact on the environment, one of the factors you will need to weigh up is how eco-friendly the office, studio or workshop is that you’re considering. Capital Space customers have the reassurance that we do everything we can to reduce our impact on the planet, which in turn helps support their Corporate Social Responsibility objectives.

Saving via sunlight

One of the most incredible and most impactful ways we’re working to help the environment is our investment in solar power; six of our business centres currently have solar panels installed, these include:

Across all of the solar panel arrays, we have the capacity to generate 650,000 kWh annually, and we’re likely to consume 80% of this.

In 2018 we generated 509,159kWh; based on our current electricity prices, we estimate that saved us approximately £59,522. Some of the panels in Churchill Square and Milton Keynes were not in place for the whole of the year, so we would expect the total amount of electricity generated – and the amount of money saved –to be considerably higher in 2019.

Sustainable developments

Whenever we develop a new site, we always consider sustainable options. When deciding where to situate  our business accommodation centres, we consider issues such as potential contamination, waste recycling during building work and the connections to local travel links customers will use; we always aim to make it easier for them to travel long distances for work purposes without the need to drive. We also focus on the total life costs of the materials that we use, and not simply the initial cost of construction; we choose materials and finishes that are long-lasting, uncomplicated to maintain and simple to use.

Our builds are also equipped with a number of energy-saving features, so that the power that goes into our buildings is used economically and efficiently. These include:

  • High-tech insulation
  • Solar panels, where practical
  • Solar control window film, to provide protection from heat, glare and UV
  • Efficient boilers, heating-systems, light fittings and control equipment
  • Sun pipes, which encourage natural daylight into internal areas
  • Efficient refrigerators

An electric vehicle charging point at Churchill Square
An electric vehicle charging point at Churchill Square

Green initiatives in our business centres

A number of our business centres are currently undergoing renovations to modernise their energy-saving potential and to improve their synchrony with the natural environment. These include:

  • Electric vehicle points: Our four electric car-charging pod points, installed at Churchill Square in December 2017, have proved to be very popular and in the last 12 months have saved 1,876 kWh, meaning 1,056 kg fewer CO2 emissions!
  • LED Light panels within communal hallways and gradually replacing older model lights with LEDs during periods of inoccupancy.
  • Cardboard recycling: Cardboard is recycled separately to general waste, with large skip bins on site which are collected weekly to encourage recycling of cardboard.
  • General waste recycling: Our waste disposal operator CSH Environmental sorts and sifts through black bin bags when the general waste reaches their recycling plant. At this point plastics, paper, shredded paper, glass, food waste and aluminium are then recycled where possible.
  • Additional solar investment: We have recently had an assessment carried out by Green Energy Electrical, September 2018, with an aim to install Solar Panels on the roofs at Colchester to ‘save via sunlight’.
  • Flora and fauna: We have bird tables, bird feeding boxes and maintained gardens with flowers, trees and shrubs to support the natural environment.

Capital Space  is run by remarkable people who are intent on not only providing an excellent, convenient service to our customers, but also supporting the environment. Our green and eco-friendly initiatives are making a difference to our energy consumption and the more we develop in the future, the more energy we will save.

To find out how CapitalSpace  virtual offices or business premises

could benefit your growing business,

call 0800 107 3667